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Mini Cooper SE EV Wrap Up With Sandy

Mini Cooper SE EV Wrap Up With Sandy Munro

In this wrap-up episode of the Mini Cooper SE EV series, Sandy is back and starts off giving his two cents on how he sees this vehicle. Sandy also reminds the audience that while we do benchmarking and costing, Munro started off and continues to be a product design innovation factory. Specifically speaks on the transitional look and build of the Mini when we worked on it in the early 2000s, but more to come on that at the end of the video.

First off, the lines of the car are what you would expect from an updated Mini look with the same with roughly the same gaps you would find on a BMW, although Sandy finds a few that he is surprised about. That being said Sandy likes the beauty and style gaps and tricks that the Mini Cooper SE EV pulls off in it’s design.

Sandy especially likes the scoop for the wheel, the lay-down and adjustable rear seats providing more trunk carrying space, and the Union Jack found in the rear light lenses.

Moving on to what is under the bonnet, Sandy shows visible shock as he sees the faux motor cover and underneath it the steel weldment that we, at Munro, have never seen on any other vehicle… ever. Sandy at this point was looking at the vehicle freshly and no one had informed him on what we found in our previous videos. Sandy then imparts some war wisdom along with war stories from the past, ever still shocked at what he has found under the hood and what he might find in the batteries or other systems we didn’t pull apart.

Sandy moves on to trying out sitting in the vehicle and looks at the interiors, instrument panel, and infotainment system. He also talks a lot of the

The truly interesting part of this video however, comes when Sandy imparts a lot of information from the past of how we worked on redesign of the Mini when they were acquired through BMW in the past (which also involved Land Rover). We first first did work on the Land Rover products which were a great success which lead us onto the Mini redesign group. We made some major changes from Sir Alec Issigonis original look and design resulting in a massive savings and safety increase to the Minis in the early 2000s.

But to learn more about that history and to watch Sandy’s reactions, you will have to watch the video below:

Mini Cooper SE EV Undercarriage Analysis

Munro Analyzes the 2022 Mini Cooper SE EV Undercarriage

In this next installment of the 22′ Mini Cooper SE EV series, we introduce another long time Munro Associate, Jordan Arocha, who has been with the company for 10 years and has been a consistent provider of ideas for talking points on the Model Y and other vehicles. Cory explains some of Jordan’s background and then moves on findings they and the team have observed on this Mini Cooper SE EV.

The pair first have a look at the huge galvanized leading triangle which protects the battery behind it. This is an improvement from an earlier model which could experience damage to the battery if the car ran over something that reached and impacted the battery box. They then look at the battery box tunnel itself and find that it is basically an adaptation of an ICE architecture underbody, utilizing existing space that would be normally taken up with the exhaust system, brakes lines, etc.

The housing of the battery box is a steel stamping with robotically applied body sealer on the bottom to protect the housing from corrosion and possible to reduce NVH. One observation that shocks our group is that some of the high voltage lines are not hidden within a rail or some other structure to protect it, but instead are somewhat haphazardly tied to the undercarriage.

Moving on, looking at the K member or craddle, this large stamped steel weldment is tied into the battery pack with creates structural support and rigidity by tying the 4 bolts into the weldment. Typically we see K members/rear craddles isolated in vehicles and rarely solid mounted.

Cory finds the place where the “noise maker” of the car is mounted, sitting in the middle of the space for a spare tire underneath the rear of the car. It does have a space smaller diameter “run-flat tire” as opposed to a 15″ spare tire, but this is purchased separately.

The team then moves on to talking about the suspension which is fairly simple in nature. Then they discuss what we find when comparing European cars, how companies approach converting existing vehicle product lines to EV. Then on to the front suspension, aerodynamics, and other features we find, but to see all of our findings, you will need to watch the video by clicking below:

2022 Mini Cooper EV First Impressions

2022 Mini Cooper Munro Teardown First Impressions

In this episode of Munro Live we were kindly provided a 2022 Mini Cooper EV for us to have a look at and analyze from an exterior perspective. Cory Steuben, President of Munro & Associates introduces a long time associate of Munro, Paul Lester, who guides us through his perspectives and even brings in an original Mini 1961 (originally called an Austin 7, or an offshoot thereof) to show some of the differences in design that has evolved throughout the years.

This 1961 Mini has a lot of aspects of Lean Design that he showcases, which made the car very cost effective and affordable in its time as well a cute British styling that made this iconic car what it is today. Paul points out that there is no secondary door panel, a basic locking opening system, sliding windows instead of a drop down design, and more. With a transverse engine making up 20% of the vehicle and the rest being passenger space, this is a design based in lightweighting and cost efficient design.

Cory then has a look at the new Mini Cooper EV and points out size difference pointing out how much bigger it is while still retaining a compact design. The wheel comparison between the two vehicles are massive with the original 1961 mini having only a 10 inch wheel and a tiny shift lever.

The general styling look is still the styling look of the 2001 model with minor changes. One thing that Munro doesn’t like is the fact that there is no frunk but instead looks like a converted ICE vehicle to EV look. However, this makes sense when looking at the general space in the vehicle which is tight to say the least.

Under the motor cover we find a low voltage vacuum pump that doesn’t have an advanced 1,2, or 3 box system for the brakes. It still has it’s standard ICE break system. There is a steel weldment that surrounds the inverter box – perhaps as a built in safety measure, but one we have never seen before in a vehicle.

Many other interesting points and findings are covered, but to learn them all, you have to watch the video below: